To work towards lessening the number of auto thefts targeting certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles, the Green Bay Police Department (GBPD) is partnering with Bergstrom Hyundai of Green Bay and Dorsch Kia to provide a free mobile anti-theft software upgrade clinic at Leicht Memorial Park, 128 Dousman Street on Wednesday, November 15th, 2023, from 12:Noon to 4:00pm. No appointments are necessary.
Since January 2023, the GBPD has opened investigations into the theft or attempted theft of 265 Hyundai and Kia vehicles, which is approximately 69% of all reported cases in Green Bay this year.
The vehicles in need of the anti-theft software upgrade are the ones with a turn-key-to-start ignition system not the push-button ignition system, and are of the following makes, models, and years:
Hyundai: Accent (2018-22), Elantra (2011-22), Elantra GT (2013-20), Genesis Coupe (2013-14), Kona (2018-22), Palisade (2020-21), Santa Fe (2013-22), Santa Fe Sport (2013-18), Santa Fe XL (2019), Sonota (2011-19), Tucson (2011-22), Veloster (2012-17 & 2019-21), and Venue (2020-21)
To check if your Hyundai is affected, type your VIN HERE.
Kia: Forte (2011-22), K5 (2021-22), Optima (2011-20), Rio (2011-21), Sedona (2011-21), Seltos (2021-22), Sorento (2011-22), Soul (2010-22), and Sportage (2011-22)
To check if your Kia is affected, type your VIN HERE.
Each automobile dealership will have mobile service technicians available to install the anti-theft software upgrade. The process can be completed in approximately 30-45 minutes, so please plan accordingly. Those receiving the upgrade will also be given a window sticker to place on their vehicle.
In addition, the Green Bay Police Department be on-site to provide and fit vehicles with a FREE steering wheel lock on a first-come, first-served basis, courtesy of the Brown County Crime Prevention Grant Funding Board. Also, Bergstrom Hyundai will be offering a Festival Foods gift card for a FREE Thanksgiving turkey to those with a qualifying Hyundai vehicle as an extra incentive to take the time for this important upgrade.
If you cannot make this event, please contact your local Hyundai or Kia dealership for assistance.
The Green Bay Police Department continues to ask anyone with information related to the suspect(s) of an auto theft or attempted auto theft to call us at (920) 448-3200. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (920) 432-STOP (7867) to be eligible for a limited-time offer of a DOUBLE reward. You may also submit a tip online at www.432stop.com, or utilize the “P3 Tips” app.